• Petitioned Congress

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Congressional Reform Act of 2012 - see details below

    1. Jeanne Martin
    2. Petition by

      Jeanne Martin

      Tomball, TX

Background:

Warren Buffett, in a recent interview with CNBC, offers one of the best quotes about the debt ceiling:
 
"I could end the deficit in 5 minutes," he told CNBC. "You just
 pass a law that says that any time there is a deficit of more
than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible
 for re-election.
 
The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds)
 took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple!
The people demanded it. That was in 1971 - before computers, e-mail,
cell phones, etc.
 
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took one (1) year
 or less to become the law of the land - all because of public pressure.
 
Warren Buffet is asking each addressee to forward this email to
 a minimum of twenty people on their address list; in turn ask
 each of those to do likewise.
 
In three days, most people in The United States of America will
 have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed
 around.

Congressional Reform Act of 2012

1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they're out of office.

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 12/1/12. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

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    • Carol Frank GRAYSLAKE, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Congress should represent all people by acting accordingly. For the people,by the people, as the people.

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    • lisa hurmis LIBERTYVILLE, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Everyone in America should be equalin all areas. Wea all have to do are part, and no one should get better benifits, that no one else can't eqailly get!!

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    • Cindy Rosenthal WADSWORTH, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      Because it is the fair and right thing to do for our country, no matter your politics.

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    • Genia Jarr MCDONOUGH, GA
      • over 1 year ago

      Congressmen have forgotten that they work for us and not special interest groups, including themselves. I believe if the elected official does not do his job he needs to leave voluntarily. I do not believe any congressman should earn more than the minimum wage they believe the American lower class can survive on. I believe that there should be no pension/retirement plan for congressmen; they should use the same social security they believe our seniors can survive on. Any congressmen who attempts to borrow from social security should be fired immediately. I believe that every congressman should have the same insurance plan as their state's employee's use. I believe only the American people should vote to give congressmen pay raises. They work for us, but by keeping themselves separate from us they no longer have a clue.

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    • Matthew Psomadakis GASTONIA, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      It seems, as it stands now, that Congress profit heavily from the job and continue to profit after their duties are over. Have I ever been able to give myself a raise.

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